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Copr. 1997, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.

LESSON 11 - THE LOUD CRY (REV 18:1-5)

INTRODUCTION: THIS QUARTER OUR BASIC STUDY HAS BEEN REV 14: THE
THREE ANGELS MESSAGE.  THIS WEEK WE LOOK AT REV 18, WHICH SEEMS
QUITE SIMILAR TO THE MESSAGE OF THE SECOND OF THE THREE ANGELS. 
OUR LESSON SUGGESTS THAT THIS IS THE FOURTH ANGEL.
LETS GET INTO IT!

I. THE ANGEL

     A. READ REV 18:1-2.

     B. ASSUME THAT YOU ARE SITTING IN BABYLON JUST MINDING YOUR
     OWN BUSINESS AND THIS ANGEL COMES DOWN. DESCRIBE FOR ME IN
     YOUR OWN WORDS WHAT HAPPENS? TELL ME ABOUT THE COMING OF THIS
     ANGEL? (CAME FROM HEAVEN. HAD GREAT LIGHT. GREAT AUTHORITY.
     SPOKE WITH A MIGHTY VOICE.)

          1. THAT WOULD GET YOUR ATTENTION.
          
     C. WHAT DO YOU THINK THIS WORD PICTURE OF THE ANGEL MEANS?

          1. COMING FROM HEAVEN? (GOD'S RESIDENCE)
          2. GREAT AUTHORITY? (COMING FROM GOD. HEAVEN IS GOD'S 
               HOME. HE COMES FROM HEAVEN WITH GREAT AUTHORITY. HE
               HAS GOD'S MESSAGE.)
          3. LIGHTS UP THE EARTH? (TRUTH: A LOT OF PEOPLE SEE THE
               TRUTH. THIS IS ONE BRIGHT ANGEL!)
          4. MIGHTY VOICE? (LOUD. WANTS EVERYONE TO HEAR.)

               a. THIS ANGEL IS PLANNING TO DISTURB THE PEACE WITH
               AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE!

II. THE MESSAGE

     A. READ 18:2-3.
     
     B. THE ANGEL SAYS THAT BABYLON HAS FALLEN.  I HAVE TWO 
     QUESTIONS: 
     
          1.HASN'T BABYLON ALWAYS BEEN DOWN? HOW CAN THE ANGEL MAKE
          IT APPEAR THAT THIS IS NEW NEWS?
     
          2. AND WHAT OR WHO IS BABYLON ANYWAY? 
          
(IF YOU LOOK AT THE OT, BABYLON HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE ENEMY OF GOD'S
PEOPLE -- FROM NIMROD THROUGH NEBUCHADNEZZER. AND THE PARTICULAR
PROBLEM WITH BABYLON HAS ALWAYS BEEN PRIDE -- MAN WILL RULE HIMSELF
INSTEAD OF GOD.  THE IDEA THAT IT HAS FALLEN SUGGESTS THAT IT WAS
ONCE "OK." THE SDA BC SAYS, "AS USED IN THE REVELATION THE NAME IS
SYMBOLIC OF ALL APOSTATE RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS AND THEIR
LEADERSHIP FROM ANTIQUITY DOWN TO THE CLOSE OF TIME.")

     C. WHAT DO YOU THINK IS MEANT BY THE REFERENCE TO "DEMONS" AND
     "EVIL SPIRITS?" (THE WORD "HAUNT" MEANS GUARD, GUARDTOWER OR
     PRISON ACCORDING TO THE COMMENTARIES.  SO THIS IS A SPECIAL
     PRESERVE FOR THE DEVIL AND SPIRITISM.)

     D. VERSE THREE SAYS THAT THE INFLUENCE OF BABYLON IS PERVASIVE
     THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. THAT KINGS AND MERCHANTS HAVE FREELY
     TAKEN UP THE SPIRIT OF BABYLON.

          1. I WANT YOU TO LOOK AT TWO WORDS HERE: "ADULTERIES"
(THE           MADDENING WINE) AND "LUXURIES" (GREW RICH FROM
               EXCESSIVE LUXURIES).  WHAT IDEAS TO THESE ADD TO
               THE PICTURE OF BABYLON? (IT REALLY ADDS TO THE
               PICTURE OF PRIDE AND ARROGANCE.  THIS IS THE MARK
               OF HISTORIC BABYLON.  GOD USED TO COMPLAIN ABOUT
               ISRAEL THAT WHEN IT TURNED FROM HIM TO OTHER GODS
               IT WAS AN ADULTERER.)

     E. READ REV 18:4-5.
     F. THE ANGEL CALLS ON "MY PEOPLE" TO COME OUT OF BABYLON THE
     GREAT.

          1. HOW CAN GOD'S PEOPLE BE IN BABYLON? HOW DID THEY GET
          THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE? (IT SEEMS REASONABLE THE
          BELIEVE THAT BABYLON WAS NOT ALWAYS BABYLON.  THAT, IN
          FACT, IT HAS FALLEN AND GOD'S PEOPLE ARE THERE BECAUSE
          THEY HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THERE.
     
          2. NOTE v.5 SAYS THAT GOD'S PEOPLE ARE IN BABYLON EVEN
          WHEN "HER SINS HAVE PILED UP TO HEAVEN"

          3. HOW CAN GOD'S PEOPLE BE IN BABYLON WITHOUT SHARING IN
          HER SINS? (THREE POINTS:
               a. FIRST, IT SHOWS THE CONVICTING POWER OF HEAVEN.
               THESE ARE GOD'S PEOPLE, BUT THEY ARE CLEARLY IN A
               TERRIBLE ORGANIZATION(S);
                 
               b. SECOND, APPARENTLY THEY DO NOT REALIZE THE EXTENT
               OF THE EVIL AND THEY NOW, HAVING SEEN THE LIGHT,
               HAVE TO COME OUT OF BABYLON; AND,
               
               c. THIRD, THIS IS A CLEAR STATEMENT AGAINST
               ARROGANCE -- BEING TOO SURE YOU ARE RIGHT TO LISTEN
               TO HEAVEN. AND ARROGANCE ABOUT HAVING A CORNER ON
               SALVATION.)(EGW IN GC pp.383&390 SAYS THAT THE
               "GREAT BODY" OF CHRIST'S TRUE FOLLOWERS ARE IN
               BABYLON! SO MORE IN THAN OUT.)


     G. WHEN GOD'S PEOPLE COME OUT OF BABYLON, WHERE DO THEY GO?
     (SOMEBODY READ 2 COR. 6:16-18.  IT TELLS US TO COME OUT AND BE
     SEPARATE.  THE IDEA IS THAT YOU CANNOT STAY IN BABYLON OR
     REALLY HAVE AN IN AND OUT RELATIONSHIP.)

     H. SO WE HAVE A GROUP: A GROUP THAT HAVE COME OUT OF BABYLON
     AND A GROUP THAT ALREADY WERE OUT OF BABYLON. OUR LESSON
     SUGGEST THAT WE LOOK AT REV 14:12 AND REV 12:17 TO FIND THE
     CHARACTERISTICS OF THIS GROUP. READ.

          1. WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THESE PEOPLE?

               a. KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD (THIS IS IN COMMON
               FOR BOTH TEXTS); AND,
               b. HAVE THE FAITH OF JESUS (REV 14:12); OR
               c. HAVE THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS (REV 12:17)

     I. WHAT DO YOU THINK IT MEANS TO KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD?
     ARE THESE THE 10 COMMANDMENTS? ( THERE IS NO DOUBT IN MY 
          MIND THAT THIS REFERS TO THE 10 COMMANDMENTS. THE SAME
          HEBREW WORD IS THE SAME AS USED IN ROM 13:9 WHICH
          SPECIFIES THE 10 COMMANDS.)
               
          1. AFTER ALL THE R BY F DISCUSSION, HOW DID WE END 
               UP HERE? BACK TO COMMANDMENT KEEPING? (WE NEED TO
               KEEP IN MIND WHAT COMES NEXT -- KEEP THAT COMMANDS
               AND HAVE THE FAITH OF JESUS. SO LETS GO THERE NEXT.
          
     J. HAVE THE FAITH OF JESUS? ("FAITH" MEANS ASSURANCE OR 
     GUARANTEE OR PLEDGE.) (THE FAITH OF JESUS IS WHAT SAVES YOU. 
     THE COMMANDS DON'T SAVE YOU.  BUT THEY GIVE A PRETTY GOOD
     INDICATION OF WHAT IS IN YOUR HEART. WHETHER THE FAITH IS
     THERE.)

     K. HAVE THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS? ("TESTIMONY" MEANS WITNESS,
     EVIDENCE OR TESTIMONY. THIS CAN INCLUDE TESTIFYING THROUGH THE
     HS. SEE REV 19:10 AND ACTS 1:2 WHERE THIS SAME WORD DESCRIBES
     JESUS GIVING INSTRUCTIONS TO HIS DISCIPLES THROUGH THE HS.)

III. THE REACTION

     A. WHEN ALL THESE PEOPLE LEAVE BABYLON, THERE IS A REACTION.
     TURN WITH ME TO REV 17:4-6. READ.

          1. WHAT IS THIS REACTION? (SHE WANTS TO KILL THE SAINTS. 
          SHE IS CRAZED ON THIS ISSUE, FOR SHE IS "DRUNK WITH THE
          BLOOD" OF THE SAINTS.

          2. NOTE AGAIN THE DESCRIPTION OF THE SAINTS: "WHO BORE
          TESTIMONY TO JESUS." (THIS WORD TRANSLATED "TESTIMONY" IN
          THE NIV AND "MARTYR" IN THE KJV IS THE HEBREW "MARTUS,"
          WHICH MEANS A WITNESS ACCORDING TO BOTH STRONG AND
          THAYER.)


     B. CONSIDER WRAPPING UP WITH REV 14:1-4.  THIS IS THE GLORIOUS
     AND HAPPY CONCLUSION TO THE MATTER.

     C. IF NEED MORE TIME, HAVE CLASS TURN TO ROM 3:20-24, 31 TO
     HELP UNDERSTAND THE TWIN ATTRIBUTES OF "FAITH OF JESUS" AND
     "KEEPING THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD."

IV. NEXT WEEK: REV 14:12 "FAITH TRIUMPHANT." STUDY!